BoardNews: Spring 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Spring edition of BoardNews! Below, you will find an article about a Pennsylvania organization that's bringing board member voting results to stakeholders, in real time. We've also highlighted the American School Board Journal's recent interview with Emerald Data Solutions President Ari Ioannides about the benefits of eGovernance technology, featured in the magazine's April issue.

Also, don't miss the BoardDocs team at NSBA's 74th Annual Conference, April 5 & 6 in New Orleans. There, we're hosting a the fabulous "Big Easy" party, which will include local jazz favorites, alligator handlers, magicians, complimentary drinks and more! Next up, mark your calendars for our 2014 eGovLIVE Conference in Atlanta, GA -- dates and venue details below.

We hope you enjoy this edition and will share it with others who may be interested in how eGovernance is helping organizations of all sizes become more effective, from day one. As always, please respond directly to the BoardNews Editor with any feedback you may have.

Christen Clegg
BoardNews Editor


The Business of Education: Paperless Meeting
Emerald Data Solutions President and BoardDocs Creator Ari Ioannides Discusses the Advantages of "eGovernance" Technology
Paperless board meetings -- using an electronic system for agendas, calendars, and other board materials -- can save organizations thousands of dollars in copying and paper costs, as well as in staff time. The benefits are many, but a paperless governance system requires changes in board culture, and consideration of training, security and legal issues, according to President and Chief Architect of Emerald Data Solutions Ari Ioannides. His company developed the BoardDocs eGovernance system. Ioannides recently talked with ASBJ Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Vail about what board members should know when they’re considering moving to a paperless meeting system. Read More

Check Out Team BoardDocs at NSBA's 74th Annual Conference - Booth #1001!
If you're headed to New Orleans next month, there are several informative NSBA peer discussions to consider:

  • Taking Your Board's "Paperless Mission" to the Next Level - PDFs and Beyond! on Saturday, April 5: 10 AM - 11:30 AM in Room 357 with Teton County School District #1 Board Member Janine Teske and Administrative Assistant Michele Doyle.
  • Engaging Stakeholders: Paperless Agendas are a Win-Win Solution for Communities - and your District! on Saturday, April 5: 10 AM - 11:30 AM with Emerald Data Solutions President and BoardDocs Creator Ari Ioannides.
  • E-Governance: Changing the Dynamics of Board Meetings on Saturday, April 5: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM in Room 263 10 AM - 11:30 AM with Toledo City Schools Board Member Lisa Sobecki and District Supervisor Cheryl Domby.
  • Leveraging Social Media to Engage Stakeholders on Sunday, April 6: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM in Room 333 with Pasco County School District's Director, Communications & Government Relations Linda E. Cobbe, Emerald Data Solutions President Ari Ioannides, and NEOLA President Dr. Richard Clapp.

More Session Details Here

Going to NSBA? Join Us at the "The Big Easy" Party!
You’re invited to join Emerald Data Solutions for The Big Easy Party on Saturday, April 5th, 8-11 PM! This is the one event not to be missed. You’ll experience everything New Orleans has to offer under one roof - local jazz favorites, stilt walkers, alligator handlers, magicians, jugglers and much, much more. Light hors d’ouvres and drinks included. More Event Details Here

West Jefferson Hills School District Brings Board Votes to Viewers in Real Time
Residents now will be able to see real-time votes of their elected school board members in West Jefferson Hills, by watching online. The voting feature through BoardDocs was used for the first time last month. As school board members voted during a public meeting using their iPads, Tracy Harris, the district's finance director and board secretary, clicked a key to send the votes to the online agenda. “It was exciting to watch the vote — boom, boom, boom,” said Patty Zeleznick, secretary to the superintendent and office manager, who saw the votes appear on her home computer. Read More

BoardDocs Subscribers Receive Prestigious "Magna Award"
Twelve BoardDocs subscribers have been named recipients in the American School Board Journal’s (ASBJ) 20th Annual Magna Awards program. The Magna Awards recognize districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. Read More

Louisiana School Boards Association Endorses BoardDocs
The Association Recommends Implementing Paperless Meeting Solutions, Often Remarkably Wise Investments for School Districts
This winter, Emerald Data Solutions announced a new partnership with the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA). For over 75 years the LSBA has helped local school board members succeed with the common goal of improving student performance and their effectiveness as leaders in their respective communities. This new partnership will provide another valuable service that will save the school districts in Louisiana money, time and allow them to be more effective. Click Here

Save the Date - eGovLIVE Returns to Atlanta for 2014!
Premier Event Explores Best Practices and the Latest Breakthroughs in Governance and Technology
Each year, BoardDocs hosts a dynamic conference for governing bodies who want to to save money, save time, and increase board effectiveness through eGovernance. The three-day program includes opportunities to share successes with other governance executives and administrators in a relaxed and informative atmosphere -- look out for the full agenda in our next edition! Please join us at the eGovLIVE Annual Conference, September 3 - 5! More Details

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